From Seattle, it’s all a stunning ferry ride away. Olympic Peninsula is home to Olympic National Park and Olympic National Forest, plus temperate rain forests and misty waterfalls. Add to that list the longest natural sand spit in America, a 68-mile saltwater fjord and the northwestern-most point in the contiguous U.S. Simply put, no other road trip can keep up.
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Driving the loop that encircles the stunning Olympic Peninsula covers more than 300 miles and offers a multitude of experiences. Drive it in a day with minimal breaks or opt for a three-day (or more) drive with many scenic stops along the way. But don’t miss these five natural wonders on your journey:
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1. Explore Rain Forests
Among the Olympic Peninsula’s most popular attractions are four temperate rain forests: Hoh, Bogachiel, Quinault and Queets. While each is magical in its own way, jungles of moss, towering old growth forests and tumbling waterfalls will take your breath away. Fantastic day hikes and remote lodges make it hard to find a place more beautiful.
2. Seek out Waterfalls
When it comes to waterworks, there’s really nothing like the Waterfall Trail. With over 20 wet sites, embrace yourself for a magical, misty tour, and some of the most photogenic spots in the Pacific Northwest. Seven waterfall districts feature falls that are easy to access and some that are only reachable by boat. And if you’re looking for a water-filled backcountry adventure, the Enchanted Valley (known by locals as “valley of 10,000 waterfalls) is for you! Hear the roar, feel the spray.